If you chuck out spent grain it will not grow. But it will attract wild
animals such as goats, pigs, cows to your settlement. They really like
to eat it. In the Ancient Near East, crops such as grain (as well as
lentils and more) were domesticated first, then pigs and goats/sheep,
and, finally, cows. Spent grain or draff is the waste product from
processing grain into sugars by malting and mashing. It has its' part to
play in the agriculture story in the Ancient Near East, in Europe and in
the British Isles.
Andy Norfolk wrote:
> I've often wondered if agriculture didn't happen almost by accident in
> some cases. It seems to me that if your average hunter gatherer chucked
> left over food plants out by where they were staying there is a good
> chance that some would start to grow - thus saving the effort in going
> elsewhere to find the plants. In this way people might have realised
> that you could grow what you needed more conveniently where you
> lived/stayed than having to travel to seek food.
> It is interesting to note that apparently when people switched to an
> agricultural lifestyle life expectancy fell significantly.
> Andy N